How It Started
Jesse Bullock's 1850 Donation Land Claim; produced by Jerry King, City of Lake Oswego, Chief Surveyor
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The Oswego Pioneer Cemetery is located on Jesse Bullock's 1850 Donation Land Claim which extended from just south of the cemetery to the current site of the Christie School at Marylhurst University, a total of 319 acres. Bullock’s family farm was sited on what is now Old River Road, on the Willamette River, just behind the School.
Bullock’s eldest son Solomon died at age 20 in 1856 and was buried where Oswego Pioneer Cemetery is now, in the vicinity of Indian burial grounds, about 3 miles from the Bullock farm. Several more family members were buried there, including Jesse Bullock’s wife, Nancy (1872).